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Hello and welcome to Just like the Moon (we go through phases), the podcast where I, Laura, have open and honest conversations about our wellbeing, taking care of our mental health and all sort of other things with fascinating people from all walks of life, in the hope of learning a few self care tips and as a reminder that, no matter your situation, you are not walking alone.

Latest Episodes

Ep 29: Sara & Ben (It's OKAY Project)

Sara and Ben are two of the three people behind the ‘It's OKAY Project’. (Shoutout to Dominic that unfortunately was not well on the day of the podcast recording). Sara is an artist, teacher, skater, mother and wife and she is the Founder and Art Director of the project. Ben is a teacher, rugby player, dad and is the administration and communications consultant for the project. ‘It's OKAY Project’ was born in 2020 and it evolved from a story of bereavement and mental health struggles.The project aims to drop the stigmas attached to mental health and communicate stories of peoples struggles and achievements, through their Zine, social media campaigns and community projects. The Mental Health Zine in particular encourages a creative outlet as a form of communication for mental health battles and allows to raise important funds for creative community project as well as supporting brilliant mental health charities such as Papyrus, the UK Charity for the prevention of young suicide (under 35). In this episode Sara and Ben talk about what the ‘It's OKAY Project’ means to them, the power of sharing stories, our love of quotes, the need to bring our education system into the 21st Century and so much more. To find out more about the ‘It's OKAY Project’ check out their website https://www.itsokayproject.com/ or you can find them on Instagram and Facebook @itsokayproj

59 minOCT 26
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Ep 29: Sara & Ben (It's OKAY Project)

Ep 28: Aimie and Kiera (Feel Good Club)

Kiera and Aimie are two wives, dog mums to Juno, and founders of the Feel Good Club, a club here to remind people that we are all just humans. Through their work, they are on a mission to support people to become their best and happiest selves and at the same time normalise the conversations around mental health and feelings in general. In this episode they talk about how Feel Good Club started as a response to Kiera’s mental health struggles and eating disorder; how, once they finally decided to give it a proper go a year ago, they have grown a huge online community using their social media platform and are now opening their first multifunctional coffee house, designed to encourage customers to connect, be themselves and talk about their feelings and mental health openly, and how this whole initiative has impacted positively on their own mental health and overall wellbeing. You can find out more about Feel Good Club on their website www.feelgoodclub.co or to follow them on Instagram for daily motivation, positivity, and inspiration @wearefeelgoodclub

53 minOCT 17
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Ep 28: Aimie and Kiera (Feel Good Club)

Ep 27: Hannah

Hannah is a hardcore diy’er and renovator, knitwear designer, Crohn's warrior and all round inspiring creative being. After living in Sweden for a while, Hannah started getting ulcers in her mouths that were causing a great deal of pain, and after going to the hospital, firstly in Sweden and then back in London, discovered she has Crohn's disease. In this episode Hannah talks about some of the painful and scary symptoms she got prior to being diagnosed with Crohn's, and what life looks now living with Crohn's, also during the Corona Virus pandemic, taking care of her overall health, both physical and mental, by creating boundaries and making the right choices for her, and also about her work as a knitwear designer, the importance of fulfilling the root of your creative needs and a little bit about her epic house renovation project. If you want to find out more about the renovation project Hannah is undertaking with her partner Josh, you can find them on Instagram at 43bythesea_

69 minOCT 12
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Ep 27: Hannah

Ep 26: Nina Gee

Nina Gee is a mother, a wife, a creative being, and a trainer for a domestic abuse charity. When Nina was about 15 when, due to a shift in her family dynamic that brought about a new living situation, challenging home circumstances, she found herself feeling out of place, insecurity and lost a lot of self confidence. It was then that she turned to bulimia, that became her coping mechanism on and off for the next 15 years. In this episode Nina talks about her experience with bulimia in quite some detail, from how it started, her first experience at the doctors, the yo yo-ing behaviours and the extremes she went to in her destructive cycle, as well as her recovery, her passion for feminism, the empowerment of breaking away from diet culture and from being a patriarchy pleaser, and the power of coming into your creative power and using your talents. For Podcast Show notes click here. (Please be aware this episode is a really honest account of Nina’s experience and can be triggering fo...

72 minOCT 3
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Ep 26: Nina Gee

Ep 25: Mel MacIntyre

Mel MacIntyre is a life coach & business mentor to soul led business owners, ready to become successful and change the world. She runs her business from her little house in Eriskay, Western Isles and works with people primarily from the UK, Canada and America. Mel has always worked with people to support their training and development, however her early career looked very different to now. At the age of 21 she worked for a global financial services organisation, and was always chasing the next promotion, award, the recognition, but eventually she ran out of steam trying to be what I thought everyone else wanted her to be. She found herself in a very dark place mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and it was then she decided to walk away from her corporate career, to hone in on her skills as a coach and create a life of purpose and meaning. In this episode Mel talks about learning to listen to the truth of who she is and how affected her mental health, on how facing her biggest fear and hardest moment allowed for her biggest growth and the power of being wildly authentic. To find out more about Mel’s work check out her website: www.melmacintyre.com You can also take her free mini-course - Use Your Fears to Your Advantage and Create Unshakeable Self Belief www.melmacintyre.com/createunshakeableselfbelief and you can join her Facebook Community "Create Your Wildly Authentic Life and Business": https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreateYourWildlyAuthenticLifeandBusiness

51 minSEP 28
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Ep 25: Mel MacIntyre

Ep 24: Scott Macpherson and Dan Warrender

Welcome back to another episode of Just like the Moon (we go through phases). This weeks we meet Scott Macpherson and Dan Warrender - colleagues, friends, and all round inspiring educators working to break stigma in the mental health field and to make a difference in the world. They are both lectures at Robert Gordon University in Mental Health Nursing and developed the Mental Health Movie Monthly initiative which uses the medium of film to engage students, professionals, service users and the general public in discussion around issues in mental health and well-being. Their work, and their stories, seem to really compliment each other - you could say they are kind of each others Ying and Yang. Scott has an MA in Psychology and has practiced as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) since 2005, worked in the field of Substance Use for over 11 years and retains a teaching interest in this area as well as cognitive behavioural therapy, spirituality, human rights and resilience. Dan has an MA in Philosophy and is a registered Mentalisation Based Therapist (MBT), with a working background in learning difficulties, as well as having worked in acute mental health. He is currently undertaking a PhD exploring peoples experiences of crisis intervention for people with a diagnosis of ‘borderline personality disorder’. In this episode they talk about the role of the mental health nurse, how they are working to teach more human and caring approaches in their courses, the barriers they face in their teaching practice when confronted with the wider sector, and how by being in space where people share their vulnerabilities, they learnt to grow themselves. To find out more about the course Scott Macpherson and Dan Warrender’s teach at Robert Gordon University check out the university website: www.rgu.ac.uk And for info about the Mental Health Movie Monthly check out the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MH.in.Movies/

61 minSEP 21
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Ep 24: Scott Macpherson and Dan Warrender

Ep 23: Rachel Cruickshank

Welcome back to another episode of Just like the Moon (we go through phases). This weeks guest is Rachel Cruickshank, a women’s health coach, nutritional therapist and yoga teacher. In 2018 she launched her business The Body Natural to help women find their sense of whole being - the concept that each one of us is an individual and what we need to feel well is completely specific to us. When she was a younger teen, and into her early 20’s, Rachel struggled with various health problems and could not seem to find any medicine that helped at all. She decided to take matters into her own hands and has since been studying, researching, testing and trialling holistic approaches to be able to live well and whole. In this episode Rachel talks about how her health challenges such as IBD, amenorrhea and (undiagnosed) body dysmorphia led her into a self healing journey, about the power of learning to understand her own body, how yoga ignited her curiosity into self discovery and self exploration, and ultimately how she learnt to let go of being in control, to trust herself and stand in her own power. To find out about Rachel’s work check out her website: www.rachelcruickshank.com

58 minSEP 13
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Ep 23: Rachel Cruickshank

Ep 22: Sylvia Mac

Welcome back to Just like the Moon (we through phases). This week we meet the force of nature that is Sylvia Mac. Syvia is the founder of Love Disfigure,Child Burn Survivor,Body Image Campaigner,Diverse Model,Inspirational Speaker,Cross Continent Swimmer,Body Image Blogger. Sylvia endured third and fourth degree burns across her body as a result of an accident when she was just three years old. The experience and her gruelling treatment left her traumatised, suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression in later life as well as suicidal thoughts. But at the age of 48 she decided she was not prepared to hide anymore. She went on the found Love Disfigureto raise awareness and offer support for those living with burns and scarring, to inspire others to be proud of their bodies. In this episode Sylvia talks about her experience of being a burn child survivor, the challenges of going through treatment, the moment she decide to stop hating her body and fall in love with her scars, and her advocacy and campaigning work trough Love Disfigure to raise awareness and show support for those living with a disfigurement. Sylvia's story is phenomenal and it is so inspiring to hear how she completely turned her life around to help herself but also to help others and create a beautiful community based on inclusivity, body acceptance and empowerment. To find out more about Sylvia's work check out her website : https://www.lovedisfigure.com/ or you can follow her on Instagram at love_disfigure.

68 minSEP 8
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Ep 22: Sylvia Mac

Ep 21: Paula McGuire

Paula McGuire, also know as Paula Must Try Harder, is an adventurer, writer, speaker and life coach. Paula is an anxiety survivor, that went from being practically housebound to being an endless trier and the world's most unlikely adventurer. After being told by doctors 'this is as good as it gets' and not wanting to live her life crippled by anxiety and fear anymore, she decided it was ultimately down to herself to change her situation. So she came up with an extraordinary sporting challenge in the hope it might save her life, and it did. In this episode Paula recalls how taking on adventures changed her life immeasurably, how learning to fail and pick herself up again and again may have been hellish at times, but allowed to manage her anxiety, and how all of these experiences ultimately help her remember that life is utterly ridiculous and that no matter what is happening to your or in the world, there is always light. To find out more about Paula’s work check out her website www.paulamusttryharder.co.uk or you can follow her on Instagram or Twitter @pmusttryharder

47 minAUG 31
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Ep 21: Paula McGuire

EP 20: Dave Chawner

Welcome back to Just like the Moon (we through phases. This week we meet the brilliant Dave Chawner. Dave is aan award-winning comic, bestselling author and is an ambassador and spokesperson for mental health charities Mind, The Mental Health Foundation & Beat (The UK's Eating Disorder Charity). Dave's number 1 best selling book 'Weight Expectations' has lead him to write widely about a range of topics (including eating disorders, masculinity and mental health) in The Guardian, The Telegraph, Metro, GQ, Cosmopolitan and others. In this episode Dave talks openly about his experiences with anorexia, about his stand up comedy, facing prejudice and his recovery as well as discussing some myths, facts and stats surrounding Eating Disorders. I find Dave’s humours, honesty and no BS way of sharing his experience and personal views so engaging and really makes you laugh as well as think - and this episode will do just that. To find out more about Dave Chawner's work check out his website: https://davechawner.co.uk/ and you can listen to his Ted talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqbL-UhhyPk If you need to talk to anyone about any of the themes in this podcast the following organisation can offer support: Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC): 03000 11 12 13 anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk Beat: 0808 801 0711(youthline); 0808 801 0811(studentline) beateatingdisorders.co.uk Overeaters Anonymous Great Britain: oagb.org.uk Papyrus HOPELINEUK: 0800 068 41 41; 07786 209697(text); papyrus-uk.org Mind: 0300 123 3393 or text 86463www.mind.org.uk/

56 minAUG 24
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EP 20: Dave Chawner

Latest Episodes

Ep 29: Sara & Ben (It's OKAY Project)

Sara and Ben are two of the three people behind the ‘It's OKAY Project’. (Shoutout to Dominic that unfortunately was not well on the day of the podcast recording). Sara is an artist, teacher, skater, mother and wife and she is the Founder and Art Director of the project. Ben is a teacher, rugby player, dad and is the administration and communications consultant for the project. ‘It's OKAY Project’ was born in 2020 and it evolved from a story of bereavement and mental health struggles.The project aims to drop the stigmas attached to mental health and communicate stories of peoples struggles and achievements, through their Zine, social media campaigns and community projects. The Mental Health Zine in particular encourages a creative outlet as a form of communication for mental health battles and allows to raise important funds for creative community project as well as supporting brilliant mental health charities such as Papyrus, the UK Charity for the prevention of young suicide (under 35). In this episode Sara and Ben talk about what the ‘It's OKAY Project’ means to them, the power of sharing stories, our love of quotes, the need to bring our education system into the 21st Century and so much more. To find out more about the ‘It's OKAY Project’ check out their website https://www.itsokayproject.com/ or you can find them on Instagram and Facebook @itsokayproj

59 minOCT 26
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Ep 29: Sara & Ben (It's OKAY Project)

Ep 28: Aimie and Kiera (Feel Good Club)

Kiera and Aimie are two wives, dog mums to Juno, and founders of the Feel Good Club, a club here to remind people that we are all just humans. Through their work, they are on a mission to support people to become their best and happiest selves and at the same time normalise the conversations around mental health and feelings in general. In this episode they talk about how Feel Good Club started as a response to Kiera’s mental health struggles and eating disorder; how, once they finally decided to give it a proper go a year ago, they have grown a huge online community using their social media platform and are now opening their first multifunctional coffee house, designed to encourage customers to connect, be themselves and talk about their feelings and mental health openly, and how this whole initiative has impacted positively on their own mental health and overall wellbeing. You can find out more about Feel Good Club on their website www.feelgoodclub.co or to follow them on Instagram for daily motivation, positivity, and inspiration @wearefeelgoodclub

53 minOCT 17
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Ep 28: Aimie and Kiera (Feel Good Club)

Ep 27: Hannah

Hannah is a hardcore diy’er and renovator, knitwear designer, Crohn's warrior and all round inspiring creative being. After living in Sweden for a while, Hannah started getting ulcers in her mouths that were causing a great deal of pain, and after going to the hospital, firstly in Sweden and then back in London, discovered she has Crohn's disease. In this episode Hannah talks about some of the painful and scary symptoms she got prior to being diagnosed with Crohn's, and what life looks now living with Crohn's, also during the Corona Virus pandemic, taking care of her overall health, both physical and mental, by creating boundaries and making the right choices for her, and also about her work as a knitwear designer, the importance of fulfilling the root of your creative needs and a little bit about her epic house renovation project. If you want to find out more about the renovation project Hannah is undertaking with her partner Josh, you can find them on Instagram at 43bythesea_

69 minOCT 12
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Ep 27: Hannah

Ep 26: Nina Gee

Nina Gee is a mother, a wife, a creative being, and a trainer for a domestic abuse charity. When Nina was about 15 when, due to a shift in her family dynamic that brought about a new living situation, challenging home circumstances, she found herself feeling out of place, insecurity and lost a lot of self confidence. It was then that she turned to bulimia, that became her coping mechanism on and off for the next 15 years. In this episode Nina talks about her experience with bulimia in quite some detail, from how it started, her first experience at the doctors, the yo yo-ing behaviours and the extremes she went to in her destructive cycle, as well as her recovery, her passion for feminism, the empowerment of breaking away from diet culture and from being a patriarchy pleaser, and the power of coming into your creative power and using your talents. For Podcast Show notes click here. (Please be aware this episode is a really honest account of Nina’s experience and can be triggering fo...

72 minOCT 3
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Ep 26: Nina Gee

Ep 25: Mel MacIntyre

Mel MacIntyre is a life coach & business mentor to soul led business owners, ready to become successful and change the world. She runs her business from her little house in Eriskay, Western Isles and works with people primarily from the UK, Canada and America. Mel has always worked with people to support their training and development, however her early career looked very different to now. At the age of 21 she worked for a global financial services organisation, and was always chasing the next promotion, award, the recognition, but eventually she ran out of steam trying to be what I thought everyone else wanted her to be. She found herself in a very dark place mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and it was then she decided to walk away from her corporate career, to hone in on her skills as a coach and create a life of purpose and meaning. In this episode Mel talks about learning to listen to the truth of who she is and how affected her mental health, on how facing her biggest fear and hardest moment allowed for her biggest growth and the power of being wildly authentic. To find out more about Mel’s work check out her website: www.melmacintyre.com You can also take her free mini-course - Use Your Fears to Your Advantage and Create Unshakeable Self Belief www.melmacintyre.com/createunshakeableselfbelief and you can join her Facebook Community "Create Your Wildly Authentic Life and Business": https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreateYourWildlyAuthenticLifeandBusiness

51 minSEP 28
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Ep 25: Mel MacIntyre

Ep 24: Scott Macpherson and Dan Warrender

Welcome back to another episode of Just like the Moon (we go through phases). This weeks we meet Scott Macpherson and Dan Warrender - colleagues, friends, and all round inspiring educators working to break stigma in the mental health field and to make a difference in the world. They are both lectures at Robert Gordon University in Mental Health Nursing and developed the Mental Health Movie Monthly initiative which uses the medium of film to engage students, professionals, service users and the general public in discussion around issues in mental health and well-being. Their work, and their stories, seem to really compliment each other - you could say they are kind of each others Ying and Yang. Scott has an MA in Psychology and has practiced as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) since 2005, worked in the field of Substance Use for over 11 years and retains a teaching interest in this area as well as cognitive behavioural therapy, spirituality, human rights and resilience. Dan has an MA in Philosophy and is a registered Mentalisation Based Therapist (MBT), with a working background in learning difficulties, as well as having worked in acute mental health. He is currently undertaking a PhD exploring peoples experiences of crisis intervention for people with a diagnosis of ‘borderline personality disorder’. In this episode they talk about the role of the mental health nurse, how they are working to teach more human and caring approaches in their courses, the barriers they face in their teaching practice when confronted with the wider sector, and how by being in space where people share their vulnerabilities, they learnt to grow themselves. To find out more about the course Scott Macpherson and Dan Warrender’s teach at Robert Gordon University check out the university website: www.rgu.ac.uk And for info about the Mental Health Movie Monthly check out the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MH.in.Movies/

61 minSEP 21
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Ep 24: Scott Macpherson and Dan Warrender

Ep 23: Rachel Cruickshank

Welcome back to another episode of Just like the Moon (we go through phases). This weeks guest is Rachel Cruickshank, a women’s health coach, nutritional therapist and yoga teacher. In 2018 she launched her business The Body Natural to help women find their sense of whole being - the concept that each one of us is an individual and what we need to feel well is completely specific to us. When she was a younger teen, and into her early 20’s, Rachel struggled with various health problems and could not seem to find any medicine that helped at all. She decided to take matters into her own hands and has since been studying, researching, testing and trialling holistic approaches to be able to live well and whole. In this episode Rachel talks about how her health challenges such as IBD, amenorrhea and (undiagnosed) body dysmorphia led her into a self healing journey, about the power of learning to understand her own body, how yoga ignited her curiosity into self discovery and self exploration, and ultimately how she learnt to let go of being in control, to trust herself and stand in her own power. To find out about Rachel’s work check out her website: www.rachelcruickshank.com

58 minSEP 13
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Ep 23: Rachel Cruickshank

Ep 22: Sylvia Mac

Welcome back to Just like the Moon (we through phases). This week we meet the force of nature that is Sylvia Mac. Syvia is the founder of Love Disfigure,Child Burn Survivor,Body Image Campaigner,Diverse Model,Inspirational Speaker,Cross Continent Swimmer,Body Image Blogger. Sylvia endured third and fourth degree burns across her body as a result of an accident when she was just three years old. The experience and her gruelling treatment left her traumatised, suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression in later life as well as suicidal thoughts. But at the age of 48 she decided she was not prepared to hide anymore. She went on the found Love Disfigureto raise awareness and offer support for those living with burns and scarring, to inspire others to be proud of their bodies. In this episode Sylvia talks about her experience of being a burn child survivor, the challenges of going through treatment, the moment she decide to stop hating her body and fall in love with her scars, and her advocacy and campaigning work trough Love Disfigure to raise awareness and show support for those living with a disfigurement. Sylvia's story is phenomenal and it is so inspiring to hear how she completely turned her life around to help herself but also to help others and create a beautiful community based on inclusivity, body acceptance and empowerment. To find out more about Sylvia's work check out her website : https://www.lovedisfigure.com/ or you can follow her on Instagram at love_disfigure.

68 minSEP 8
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Ep 22: Sylvia Mac

Ep 21: Paula McGuire

Paula McGuire, also know as Paula Must Try Harder, is an adventurer, writer, speaker and life coach. Paula is an anxiety survivor, that went from being practically housebound to being an endless trier and the world's most unlikely adventurer. After being told by doctors 'this is as good as it gets' and not wanting to live her life crippled by anxiety and fear anymore, she decided it was ultimately down to herself to change her situation. So she came up with an extraordinary sporting challenge in the hope it might save her life, and it did. In this episode Paula recalls how taking on adventures changed her life immeasurably, how learning to fail and pick herself up again and again may have been hellish at times, but allowed to manage her anxiety, and how all of these experiences ultimately help her remember that life is utterly ridiculous and that no matter what is happening to your or in the world, there is always light. To find out more about Paula’s work check out her website www.paulamusttryharder.co.uk or you can follow her on Instagram or Twitter @pmusttryharder

47 minAUG 31
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Ep 21: Paula McGuire

EP 20: Dave Chawner

Welcome back to Just like the Moon (we through phases. This week we meet the brilliant Dave Chawner. Dave is aan award-winning comic, bestselling author and is an ambassador and spokesperson for mental health charities Mind, The Mental Health Foundation & Beat (The UK's Eating Disorder Charity). Dave's number 1 best selling book 'Weight Expectations' has lead him to write widely about a range of topics (including eating disorders, masculinity and mental health) in The Guardian, The Telegraph, Metro, GQ, Cosmopolitan and others. In this episode Dave talks openly about his experiences with anorexia, about his stand up comedy, facing prejudice and his recovery as well as discussing some myths, facts and stats surrounding Eating Disorders. I find Dave’s humours, honesty and no BS way of sharing his experience and personal views so engaging and really makes you laugh as well as think - and this episode will do just that. To find out more about Dave Chawner's work check out his website: https://davechawner.co.uk/ and you can listen to his Ted talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqbL-UhhyPk If you need to talk to anyone about any of the themes in this podcast the following organisation can offer support: Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC): 03000 11 12 13 anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk Beat: 0808 801 0711(youthline); 0808 801 0811(studentline) beateatingdisorders.co.uk Overeaters Anonymous Great Britain: oagb.org.uk Papyrus HOPELINEUK: 0800 068 41 41; 07786 209697(text); papyrus-uk.org Mind: 0300 123 3393 or text 86463www.mind.org.uk/

56 minAUG 24
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EP 20: Dave Chawner
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